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DEC says no emergency stream repair permits

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has decided against issuing emergency stream repair permits for lakeshore property damage in the Town of Skaneateles, backtracking on a promise made to the Town Board last month, according to a report (in absentia) by Town Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams to the Town Board at its June 2 meeting. Permits only will be issued if a structure is in danger of collapse, the DEC decided. Residents instead must go through the normal repair process at the town level.

High winds and lake levels in April affected numerous town residents with shoreline property damage, about which Williams already has received numerous calls. Town Supervisor Terri Roney told the Board that the town will continue to move quickly to attend to damages of property owners.

This was one of multiple town repair issues addressed by the Board last Thursday.

Highway Superintendent Jim Card reported that the damage to the pavement on Lacy Road at the town boat launch has been repaired. The high lake level caused water to seep under the blacktop and create a sinkhole, which the Highway Department patched.

The Board on June 2 also accepted a bid for $20,500 from contractor Josall of Syracuse, Inc., to remove and replace the gutters and downspouts on the Austin Park Pavilion with new commercial-grade equipment of the same color with a 20-year finish and stainless-steel bolts.

Although numerous proposals for the contract were offered with a range from $31,000 to $14,000, Josall was the only contractor to actually bid. The Board, however, was pleased with the figure and approved the contract 3-0, with Councilors Keyes and Greenfield absent.

Recently at the Pavilion, 5,700 square feet of concrete was laid by K-Crete, Inc. in the arena to replace cracked and uneven floors and improve the transitionway from the lobby to the rink area. Board members expressed approval of the work done, and the parks department said that tennis court resurfacing in the park soon will begin, causing the courts to be closed probably until July 4.

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